Program Overview

Technical writers are emerging as one of the most versatile careers in the modern business world. Working in both small and large companies, technical writers are needed to write user guides, instruction manuals and training manuals for a large number of corporate fields. Gateway Technical College offers a way to begin a career by developing an online degree tailored for entry-level technical writers. The Associates degree in Professional Communication is a two year program that aims to train students how to write, design and publish a wide variety of needed technical materials. Examples of published materials include instructional brochures, service literature, catalogs, journalistic literature, promotional release, grant proposals and web pages. Technical writing is becoming more based in electronic publishing and Gateway offers a curriculum that recognizes this and teaches students how to effectively use digital publishing to produce results. Graduates from this degree should learn skills that will not only make them a successful technical writer but also allow for skills to branch into careers such as editor, copywriter, illustrator, and community affairs publicist amongst others.

The required curriculum for this program is 67 credit hours administered online over the course of four semesters. All classes are available completely online to allow students the maximum flexibility in assignment completion. Students are required to finish the curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Examples of classes in this program are: Portable Document Formats, Layout & Design, Newsletter Writing, Online Documentation and Webpage Design for Graphic Designers.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Official high school, GED, or HSED transcript. Complete reading, writing, and math skills placement assessments.

    School Overview

    Gateway Technical College prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 65 education programs for health, business, manufacturing, engineering, and service careers. Students can enroll in an associate degree or technical diploma programs as well as expand their skills with an advanced technical certificate. The majority of Gateway's core program courses begin with learning and then applying that knowledge in a lab setting and then to real-world projects. Gateway offers numerous online and on-demand courses allowing students to customize their learning experience, working around their schedule.


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